What Have We Forgotten?

Nineteen year later, it seems that the attack on America is a fading memory. Something to be relegated to history, a footnote to be mentioned in passing.

Considering the effort being made to selectively erase parts of American history, I’m not surprised. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

When elected officials state that they encourage and endorse violence in the streets for political change, they are forgetting the lessons of 1930’s Germany. The result was a world war that left millions of dead, civilian and soldier alike.

When the American people elect their representatives that express allegiance with “the Mob” and support the destruction of this country’s institutions of laws, justice, and the Constitution in favor of an ideology that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions of people throughout history, we have indeed lost touch with not only history, but for what America stands for.

Acceptance of the mob’s demands isn’t civility, compromise, or change for the better. It’s abject surrender of society’s will to live. History has taught that the conquered do not survive long, and only that the useful idiots are among the last to die. The resulting chaos and anarchy will destroy any country.

I watched the towers fall, and I was sickened to my core. What is happening to the America that I love is just as bad.

Stay safe, stay well, and most of all, stay prepared.

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Found the following in my personal Facebook feed. Thought I would share it –

“One the most jarring moments on 9/11 came maybe 2 hours after the second tower fell. As I recall, I received a couple of phone calls, one after the other. One was from a relative and the other was from a lifelong friend.

“To my shock, both of them explained to me, almost as if they had been rehearsing their speeches for years, why America as a nation deserved the attacks.

“At the time, I was a Leftie.

“But even I, as a Leftie, could not conceive of 1) the idea that we deserved the attacks, and 2) that it was anywhere near reasonable or appropriate to be saying such a thing when we could be in the middle of a new war.

“These two people added several levels to the rage I was already feeling. About 9 months later, I came to realize that the same two people were lying about Israel.

“These attacks on Israel offended me not only personally (for some reason I have always taken attacks on Israel personally), they also offended me on a spiritual level, as it has always been part of my Biblical understanding that Jews are God’s chosen people, and Israel is blessed among nations.

“So, when I realized that my friend and family members were lying about Israel, as well as lobbing a constant barrage of verbal grenades against the United States, I changed. I realized they were filled with hatred, not ideas. And I moved to the Right side of the political spectrum, where I have been ever since.

“I give you this history, as a setup to say something that is painful for me to say.

“For me, 2020 has been one long 9/11, unfolding in horrifyingly slow motion. A malevolent nightmare from which we can not seem to wake up.

“Islam may hate us, but it is the Leftists who will destroy us.

“That is clear as day now.

“So, for me, today, it is not a time of remembrance. It is not a time of quiet resolution. It is a time of disgust heaped on top of agony and outrage.

“It is like looking up in the middle of a battle, just in time to suddenly see a friend get his head blown off, and then realizing, I must do anything, and everything I can to avenge his death.”

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While Riots and Anarchy Pervade this Nation

On today’s Albuquerque Journal, it says that according to a poll taken here in New Mexico, Biden is ahead in that poll by a 54% to 39% margin. The headline gleefully announces that Biden leads by a sizable margin.

But You all know what I think of that rag.

But according to this poll, they are still snoozing soundly, though I doubt they will snooze too much longer with the liberal ways in this nation throwing us into a flushing toilet….crap and all.

In other words, this nation is worth saving, but the liberal left still seems hell bent on destroying everything this nation stands for.Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And a lot of this so called “Unrest” comes from the Universities and Colleges of this nation.

None of them anymore, with the exception of places like PragerU, and Hillsdale don’t teach the things to the young anymore that let’s then know the true history of this nation. So they grow up not knowing just what America has done for the world in getting rid of things like Slavery and Monarchy’s. All they are taught these days is that all the ills of the world lay to rest on the door step of America. When in fact, they do not.

Slavery, as the biggie today is the one the youth have been lied to about. They say that America was founded with slavery, and started with it. No it didn’t……and no it wasn’t.

Slavery was brought to America by the Black slave traders, but works in the government were already started to get rid of slavery, right from the beginning. Thomas Jefferson was one of the ones pushing to get rid of slavery. Granted, he owned slaves, but in that time, slavery was prevalent all over the world. It was an accepted thing. Muslims also sold black, and whites into slavery. But America, even though for a few years had slavery, was heading in the opposite direction. Not only was America founding the first “free” society, but they were in the process of ridding itself and the world of slavery.

Yesterday on Television, I was watching a show that had Charlie Kirk on it and he said some pretty true things. History is a teacher, not something to get rid of because you don’t like some of the stuff that happened then. People who think they are doing things for the betterment of America are tearing down statues of men like Thomas Jefferson because he owned slaves. Not even taking into the mix of things that he was one of the ones that worked to get rid of the institution. Men who did good things for this nation were just that. Men. And they made wrong choices along with right ones. The right ones prevailed, but without them….the right ones would have taken much longer to come to fruition. So getting rid of history from men like Thomas Jefferson will do nothing but throw us back to the age when these lessons of today will have to relearned. Forget your past and you will be doomed to repeat it.

And that is what the “rioters” of today are condemned to do. Repeat past mistakes because they are working to erase the lessons learned because the men who worked to show us the lessons learned….are bad because they were slave owners or adulterers or something else. God doesn’t use people who are perfect in every way to push what is right….he uses people who are flawed but for the moment are what He needs.

In other words folks, not one of us is perfect. Not one of us can go through life without an evil thought passing through our minds at some time or another. Not one of us hasn’t through adulterous thoughts. But what makes us teachable, is that we learn from our mistakes. You get rid of those mistakes, you get rid of the lessons learned and lessons forgotten will have to be “relearned” again.

Mark my words. This “Cancel Culture” thing that is happening in this nation now is not good. In any way. Sure the men who founded this nation were flawed. WE ALL ARE! But, that being said, we all are able to learn from the past. And the past is where we need to learn from because we can’t learn from the future. It hasn’t happened yet.

God Bless America

God Bless our Troops

We will not be ruled!


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Will Health Be An Issue?

This is going to be a shorter post than the mini-novels that I usually write. Let me explain.

Around a month ago, I sanded down my BBQ deck to re-stain it. It was a bigger job than what I had expected – 3 days for a 10’ by 10’ deck plus steps & railing. The deck wasn’t in the greatest of shape to begin with, so being the engineer, I wanted it to be “perfect.” Big mistake…

After a couple of days of the hands being numb and tingly (bordering on pain), I went to the doctor. The problem – Carpal Tunnel.


The past month has been spent with splints, hot and cold packs, and a little therapy. I’ve purchased ergonomic computer equipment (vertical mouse and keyboard) so I can continue working, and this all seems to help somewhat. The pads of the fingers are still numb & tingly, but not as bad. The next step will be cortisone injections into the wrists (ouch!) to try and reduce the condition, but will most likely end up with surgery.

Double crap…

But at least I will still have my health, even though my activities will be curtailed somewhat.

You are probably asking yourself, “So what does this have to do with the title of the post?” So glad you asked! (if you didn’t, that’s OK – I’m taking a literary license to move the post along.)

Over the recent weeks, the presumptive Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Joe Biden, has been displaying very disturbing behavior during interviews & speaking events. In my opinion, Mr. Biden has some form of Dementia and probably Alzheimer’s Syndrome. Losing his train of thought in the middle of sentences or topics, and trying to cover it up by becoming belligerent & combative are signs of these conditions.

Now I’m not a doctor, but I have some experience with this – my Father.

Last October, I had to place my Father in assisted living as he was no longer able to take care of himself. His meds were all mixed up, which led to him having a temporary break with reality. My Father is a kind-hearted person, and it was a shock for me to see such a change in behavior. Fortunately, I was able to place him in an assisted living apartment quickly, his meds were adjusted properly, and several months later, he is fairly stable. But he loses his train of thought within minutes, and his memory is not the greatest – he is losing all of his memories of me growing up, and doesn’t remember who the members of my family are. It is hard to see a man who never smoked or drank in his life in such a condition.

Now Joe Biden is not a nice person – looking at the recorded history on YouTube of his confrontations over the years only shows that he is a combative person, ready to verbally beat down anyone who contradicts him. It doesn’t matter if what is says is true or not, just as long as he humiliates his opponent.

This is not a person that I would want leading this country, memory issues or not. His stated positions and the policies of his party are completely at odds with what this country should be standing for. The dementia and Alzheimer’s only adds to the problems that he would bring to the highest political position in the country.

This means that the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate will be very important as it will be that person that would most likely complete a Biden Presidency. And from what I can see, none of the candidates mentioned thus far on the “short list” are electable.

This is, of course, that the Democrat Party doesn’t grow a brain & common sense and replace Biden with another candidate. But who?

Bernie would immediately raise his hand and state loudly that he came in second in the primaries, so he should be the nominee. The Democratic Party leadership would most likely tell Bernie “no” because there is no way in hell that they would have Bernie – he would be unelectable – and the Bernie supporters would rebel.

Anyone else that was on the debate stage with Biden and Bernie drew abysmal numbers among Democratic voters. So I think that the Democrats are stuck with Biden and whoever his VP pick is.

As stated before, I do not believe that the VP nominees, all reportedly female and mostly Black (there are a couple of non-Black women being considered) are electable. All of the candidates have baggage, and the Trump campaign will use that information to the maximum effect.

Quite frankly, Biden put the Democrat’s in this box when he stated that his VP candidate would be a woman, and was presumed to be Black. I think his statement was not scripted by the Democratic leadership, and limited the VP candidate selection. I don’t know what Biden was thinking – or maybe he was thinking that he needed to have someone female around to smell their hair…

Be safe, and be well.

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“A Republic…if you can keep it…”

The following is a long post. My advice is to get comfy with a beverage nearby.

The words titling this post were uttered by Benjamin Franklin when asked what government the Continental Congress had created. The document that defined the government of the new country, the United States of American, is the Constitution.

This is the day after the Fourth of July, where we celebrated an earlier document, the Declaration of Independence, where grievances against the King & Government of Great Britain were cited, and declared that the Colonies were not longer a part of Great Britain.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

This was essentially a declaration of treason against the King, a crime punishable by death. This fact is often forgotten among those that celebrate (and curse) the founding of this country. The Signers of the Declaration of Independence essentially signed their own death warrants when they affixed their signatures to this document. This fact should not be lightly dismissed by those who take issue with the customs and practices of that time.

We now find ourselves in a virtual maelstrom of chaos wrought by political and ideological enemies of this country. Actions by what I would politely call “the mob” are not the civil discourse that the leaders of this country would like to have to redress grievances against the actions of an out-of-control government (aka police). Instead, it is power through intimidation, and our elected, political leaders have neither the spine nor fortitude to stand up and say “no more,” unless for some reason they identify with “the mob.”

Instead, “the mob,” consisting of Antifa and Black Lives Matter with a few other malcontent groups, have a very specific goal in mind – tear it all down – government, police, all forms of current society – and replace it with something along the lines of the CHAZ/CHOP/Whatever. I think that we all saw how that worked out…chaos with violence & mob/gang rule.

Both Antifa and BLM have stated in various websites and interviews that they will continue to demonstrate, riot, and destroy until their demands are met. And then what? That’s the end? Knowing what I know about human nature, even if they get what they now want, they will want more. They have found by this time that threats and violent actions will get them what they want, and they will want more because they now have power. As the saying goes…

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Found an article this morning at Townhall.com that is damning for the DEMOCRATs handling of “the mob” as well of the media’s complicit & tacit approval…

For weeks now we’ve watched the Antifa-BLM-just plain thugs and looters’ witches’ sabbath — rampaging through our streets, defacing and destroying treasured memorials, looting, shooting, beating innocents and murdering them. Not a single Democrat leader has condemned these things, choosing instead to pretend these are peaceful protests against police brutality. Every four years they gin up some incident to create the impression that this is a racist society that requires radical reformation and conservatives are to blame.

The media once again played along, hiding the faces of those arrested for the mayhem, downplaying the destruction of lives and property and foolishly finding racism everywhere, though this is the least racist society of any major nation on earth, a nation that sacrificed hundreds of thousands of men and impoverished many to free the slaves. The mobs march with anti-Israelis in support of Palestinians, never mentioning that slavery is a thousands-year-old scourge which still exists in parts of Africa and Arab lands and nowhere in Israel or the Western world. Slavery is, in fact, a natural end point of identity based tribal cultures, which the Democrats historically seem never to apprehend or condemn. Supporting these atavistic morons is not the approach of winners. It is the tactic of a party falling apart at the seams and grasping for any vote, despite what the ginned-up media polls report.

Continuing on…

I have heard some of the talking heads state that the current state of affairs is akin to a second American revolution. That’s absolute fracking bovine excrement.

I challenge any of these “journalists” to read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety with the historical context in place, and compare it to the temper tantrum demands of the rioters. There is no comparison between the two. And I further ask any of these rioters, Antifa, or BLM twits to sign their names to a document stating that they intend to commit treason against the United States. And if caught, would they be willing to go to Federal Prison for a term (or execution) for their actions? After all, if you are going to commit, then commit fully – otherwise, remove yourself to a country of your ideological liking or shut the hell up. Quit trying to f*** up my country – I like it just fine, warts and all.

Let’s consider the following –

The United States isn’t perfect. There are less than stellar events in the history of the country, past and present. Removing statues and rewriting/fabricating history will not change the facts that there were slaves (Black, White, and others) brought to these shores before and after the foundation of the United States. But consider this…

The Civil War was fought over the issue of States Rights, specifically, should the Federal Government be able to dictate to the States actions and laws which may be contrary to what is legal in the States at that time. The heart of the issue was slavery – upon which the Southern states based their entire agricultural economy upon. They simply could not afford hired labor.

Rather than working to phasing out the need for slaves through technology (Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin, for instance), the politicians of the Southern States (the DEMOCRATS) began the Civil War. While the cause of States Rights was a just one (something that we seemingly have lost over the years), the issue that the Southern DEMOCRATS picked (slavery) for the fight was an immoral one. At the end of four long bloody years, the Civil War ended and slavery was finally ended in the United States.

However, discrimination against the former slaves and their descendants continued (and was allowed) for another hundred years. The infamous Jim Crow laws banned the Negro from owning firearms, land, defined what was allowed (or not allowed), and massive segregation & discrimination was common practice. And by the way, DEMOCRATS were responsible for passing the majority of the Jim Crow laws and forming/using the KKK for “keeping” the freed slaves in line.

The United States has made a lot of progress in removing the Jim Crow laws and creating laws for equality – the 1965 Civil Rights act went a long way toward this end. Progress keeps being made, and quite frankly, I believe certain people and organizations need to get out of the way. However, this quote from Booker T. Washington keeps popping into my mind, and puts a lot of the current insanity into perspective:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

― Booker T. Washington

I’ll let that quote stand on its own, and let you connect the dots…

(Have you noticed that the DEMOCRATs have DEMO and RATs combined into one word with a C in the middle? Considering what has been going on for weeks now, that party wants to demolish (DEMO) the country, being traitors (RATS) to the country and the constituents that elected them, all in order to gain control (C) over the country.)

To the people demanding “reparations” for the sin of slavery, there’s the following –

1) There is no one alive today in the United States today that personally owned a slave prior to 1865. How in the world could it be expected that reparations be paid to the descendants of slaves, and how would any of it be proven? The logistics are staggering, and to pay anyone out of the government treasury is taking money via taxes is ludicrous and unfair. The whole thought is one of insanity, and meant to reinforce the above quote from Booker T. Washington.

2) Somewhere between 650,000 and 720,000 soldiers died during the civil war, most of them white. Isn’t that enough blood for you? Or are you just looking for another handout? Or are you just attention seeking? Somehow, I think more of the Booker T. Washington quote

Finally, an excerpt from President Trump’s speech at Mt Rushmore on July 3, 2020:

“Our founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity. No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America and no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation. It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said, “All men are created equal.” These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom. Our founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights, given us by our Creator in Heaven, and that which God has given us, we will allow no one ever to take away ever.”

Make no mistake, there are forces within this country that wish to destroy it from within, and I truly am believing that is the Democrat Party and its allies in the media, BLM, Antifa, and other. I do not believe I am a candidate for the Tin Foil Hat Society, but as the saying goes, if it quacks like a duck & acts like a duck, then its a duck. All you have to do is objectively look around and see what’s going on.

Yes, we have a Republic. It’s up to us, the Citizens of the United States, to keep it by holding accountable the people we elect to represent us (not to lead us).

Stay safe, and be well.

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Black Lives Matter – Domestic Terrorism Succeeded

America used to be a civilized nation. And yes, I have used the words “used to be”. We have a citizenry calling for “justice” when justice has already started to be used here.

The cop that was wrong in this whole thing has already lost his job, and is being charged. He was charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter but under pressure this was changed to 2nd degree murder. But, because of pressure from the Domestic Terror Group Black Lives Matter, and George Soros, the lemmings that follow them and the left, have caused riots to erupt all over this nation. How here is the problem. Demonstrations are okay…but when these become violent, the rights of demonstrators cease. They become criminals, just like they are looting and burning all over the nation for someone who also broke the law. They want him charged, and they should be too.

And if all that wasn’t bad enough for Americans, the group of morons in Hollywood, who live their lives pretending to be other people, have told us that they support the BLM Terrorists, to destroy this nation. Why? Because Trump had this economy going in a way that Obama in his eight years could never do. So, after all of the idiocy of that, they decided that the only way left to them was to cause a riot. But what oh what could they use to make this happen?

Enter into the photo, Minneapolis Police officers Derek Chauvin, the one who had his knee on the neck of George Floyd, and the three who stood by and didn’t stop it all. they. have all been fired and charged. If this violence the nation is seeing was all about George Floyd and justice for his killing, then with the charges against these four would cause all of this rioting be over now, instead of reigning supreme over America as we all see it.

But the rioting is not about George Floyd. It is about the toppling of our justice system, and our government, to replace it with a mean system that as Tucker Carlson said the other day, “do what i say or i will hurt you.”

From a post from a friend of mine in California, Douglas V. Gibbs, on his blog Political Pistashio, titled: George Floyd Rioting Sets Back Black Community at least 50 Years comes this gem of truth:

I dare any Black Lives Matter Terrorist to come and tell me differently by using the facts, and not violence. They can’t do that because violence is all they have.

“The black community around the country is rioting, destroying property, and in some cases people are being injured and killed, in the name of Seeking Justice for George Floyd.  The black community in general has judged law enforcement to be guilty of police brutality because of the actions of a few individuals. If they are so quick to judge all cops on the actions of a minority, then what does the minority of the black community that is rioting think they are doing for the image of the black community? How is it that they believe taking to the streets and committing violence is somehow the answer to unwarranted violence by a cop against an individual?
Martin Luther King Jr. taught that you don’t use violence to seek societal change, you use nonviolent demonstrations. The rioters are acting in a manner outside what Dr. King taught, and they have set back the black community at least 50 years, back to the sixties before the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and perhaps even further back than that to the days when President Woodrow Wilson a hundred years ago decided to segregate the military.

While I don’t believe that the general population of any race color or ethnicity is racist, it seems to me that racism is being portrayed more by the black community at this moment through the rioting, and in situations like in Los Angeles where black drivers are pulling over white drivers, and pulling them out of their vehicle to beat the crap out of them.  White people are not the only people capable of racism. 

Whether you all want to admit that, THAT is the truth. Race relations in America have been set back 50 years, and it is going to take the people, not the lemmings, but the people, patriotic Americans who have their heads on straight, to set this back the way it should be.

Whatever you think, this is the truth. Race relations in America have been set back 50 years, and it is going to take the people, not the lemmings, but the people, patriotic Americans who have their heads on straight, to set this back the way it should be.

I know there are a lot of you out here now that will not agree with this assessment, but it is true. Sane minds have to prevail here or this nation is going to go down the toilet like so many others before. You RIOTERS all consider yourselves civilized? WELL YOU ARE NOT PROVING THAT TO ANYONE WATCHING.

IF YOU THINK YOU ARE CIVILIZED, then you will stop taking your marching orders from people who only want the worst for America, and start taking them from someone who really wants America to be a great nation. I do mean Trump, but folks, I also mean the average American who loves this country and hates what is happening to her now. Black Lives Matter is showing us all that they are nothing but a bunch of Angry Blacks and some whites, who just can’t let justice work the way it should work.

AS FOR THIS CALL to Defund the police? Are we insane for even considering this idiocy? Yes. The answer to that question is yes. Because Law and Order is the glue that keeps this nation a great nation. Now, I know the left hates this, but, it would serve them right if the police in their bastions, of say Las Angeles, would move out, leave them to there own devices…..and go to a town or city that will appreciate what they do for the people. those towns do exist. Mark my words.

We have a good police force that is now going through bad times because there were four bad cops in Minneapolis who caused the death of one man. Does that mean that they are all bad? NO…but Black Lives Matter Terror group and Geotge Soros seems to think so, and they are the ones that have to be put to justice here. Them, Hollywood, the leftists in this nation and the Conservatives who have fallen in line with all this stupidity. This has to end…..or we will see an end that none of us want.

God Bless America

God Bless our Troops and Cops
We will Not Be Ruled!


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NWCR’s Removing the Liberal Blindfold

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Michigan, You’ve Elected an Idiot for Governor

The title of this post is taken from a post by fellow Michigander Jen Kuznicki in her blog of the same name.  She listed the exact same things that my wife and I have discussed over the past week & beyond.

In other words, she stole my thunder in the best way possible – and I couldn’t be happier.

Sit down, read it, and contemplate the idiocy my state is undergoing.  Hopefully, your state isn’t suffering near the contradictory insane orders that we’re going through.

Stay Safe, and Stay Well, my friends.

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Quarantined in Michigan

As many of you know, I have lived in Michigan for the past 20 years after growing up in Indiana & working around the country. It’s a beautiful state, and we’ve enjoyed living here. That is, until the current governor appears to be spreading her socialist wings and trying to turn the state into Commifornia…

For instance (excerpts from The American Spectator post “The Worst Governor in America” by Robert Stacy McCain)-

Executive Order 2020-42 is titled, “Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life,” and is quite specific about which activities are and are “not necessary.” Stores with “more than 50,000 square feet” (e.g., Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot) are ordered to close areas of the store “by cordoning them off, placing signs in aisles, posting prominent signs, removing goods from shelves, or other appropriate means” that sell carpet or flooring, furniture, and “garden centers and plant nurseries.”

Barbecue grills, lawn chairs — anything in the garden section is now  verboten in Michigan. (Also includes selling American flags).

Whitmer imposed a strict prohibition on “not necessary” travel, which means that Michiganders are forbidden even to visit their own private vacation cabins in the “Up North” part of the state.

Lottery tickets can still be sold right along with pot and alcohol.

Abortion clinics are still open, barber & hair salons are closed.

Boating and golfing are prohibited.

Prisoners were released from lockup, although the public was assured that these were low-level criminals that presented no harm to the public (for which I call “BS”).

Last month, the governor actually threatened the licenses of medical professionals who prescribed the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for coronavirus patients. A week later, however, Whitmer was trying to secure supplies of HCQ from the federal strategic stockpile.

The term “insanity” has been used to describe Governor Whitmer’s actions concerning her response to the epidemic. I seem to remember her complaining that the Federal government (aka President Trump) not being prepared for the outbreak, however, my question to the Governor would be “What have you done to prepare the State of Michigan for any disasters like this?” The answer to that question would most likely be crickets…

But what about the Federal government? Veronique de Rugy at the American Institute for Economic Research had this (h/t to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit):

The lack of preparedness at every level of government (federal, state, and local) has nothing to do with a lack of funding or inadequate staffing. Instead, it has everything to do with governments’ bloat, mismanagement, cronyism, and poor focus.

That’s particularly true of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In theory, the prevention of diseases like this one is the agency’s entire reason d’être. It is right there in its name “Disease Control.” Its mission statement page also makes the centrality of this goal clear. It states as its priority “confronting global disease threats through advanced computing and lab analysis of huge amounts of data to quickly find solutions.”

Apparently, not really.

While there is a lot of blame to go around, it is no secret how much the CDC is to blame for the country’s lack of preparedness to take on the coronavirus (followed very closely in ineptitude by the Food and Drug Administration). The agency’s failure to understand the severity of this virus, to provide useful advice to the American people and to political leaders, and to deliver appropriate testing capabilities has been widely documented.

Some random thoughts that tie into all of this:

Projections for infections and resulting deaths have not lived up to reality. Doctor Fauci has publicly walked back the projections several times. Obviously, the models that they are using are about as useless as the climate change models…

Watching the career politicians jump through hoops to slip in funding for their pet projects only shows that we cannot trust our elected officials to be good stewards of the public. They’re not representing the people that elected them, but the party that supports them through the special interests that bought their allegiance.

Still true:

“To rely on the government for anything long-term is stupidity at best and insanity at worst.” – Tom Roland, Equal Diversity

More and more governors are issuing executive orders restricting travel, closing businesses, restricting or banning firearm sales & processing of licenses – in other words, restricting freedoms that we all take for granted (or at least the clueless). Make no mistake – the power-hungry socialists are taking full advantage of exercising their authority over the citizens of their states. They are definitely taking notes on what they can do and how they can do it. And the media, our supposed independent watchdog, will be complicit in anything they do.

Which is probably why there were an estimated one million new gun owners last month. We The People do not trust our government nor the media. With the various episodes of tyranny and stupidity in unequal measures, who can blame us? As as a side note, I understand a good portion of those new owners were Liberals!!

I’m starting week 5 working from home. Cabin fever is setting in despite the daily walks and occasional trips to the store. While I don’t miss the trip back and forth to work, there is something to be said about routine. I will be happy to get back to something resembling a “normal” routine. What that will be is anyone’s guess.

Stay well, stay safe.

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The Corona Effect

Everything that we see on the news is about Corona.  Corona, Corona, Corona!!!  Almost like a bad episode of The Brady Bunch…  It’s effing depressing…

I’ve been thinking about the following, and Douglas Flint over at American Thinker beat me to it.  Some excerpts from the article follow:

I fear Donald Trump has taken the bait and he knows this.  He is trapped in a car barreling down the highway toward economic disaster and a great depression, and he knows it.  He is desperately looking for an off ramp but unfortunately he has turned the accelerator and the wheel over to the “experts.”

The “experts” are people of genuine theoretical scientific knowledge but no real-world experience and no capability of risk assessment beyond the specific risks in their chosen field.  They are focused on the virus and only the virus, because it is not their job to worry about anything but the virus.  They could, without blinking an eye, recommend a six-month in-home lock-down.  You could scream, “But people will starve by the millions!”  That is not their concern.  If they starve to death in their homes, they did not die of corona virus and thus the “experts” have done their jobs.  It doesn’t help that almost all of them are government employees for life guaranteed to receive full pay and benefits until the end of the known universe.  They are not capable of grasping the concept that no work equals no pay, no insurance, no food, and finally nowhere to live.

But there’s another bunch of people in that car.  Malevolent people within the government, federal and state, who would love nothing more than to slam the car into the wall, destroy the economy, the lives of millions of people, and destroy America’s preeminence in the world, and the Trump presidency, in order to give themselves the ultimate power, the power of life or death over each citizen.  They will fight furiously when and if the president tries to take back control of the car.

At some point very soon, Trump will have to accept the fact that the ones he has turned the car over to are not going to stop, slow down, or turn.  There is no incentive or reason for them to do so.  So far, Trump has confined himself to tossing money out the windows of the speeding car hoping somehow this will soften the blow.  It won’t and it can’t.

Insane ideas are being hatched (in a Harvard faculty lounge?) such as loaning businesses money to pay employees when there’s no productive work to do or revenues to collect, with a fingers-crossed promise that the loans will be “forgiven” if certain criteria are met.  But we know our government bureaucrats  all too well.  Contributed to DNC?  Loan forgiven.  Contributed to RNC?  Sorry, you needed to spend 80% of that loan on payroll, but records show you only spent 79.97% on payroll.  Payback in full plus penalty interest.  Don’t have it?  Sell the business to my friend or family or give Uncle Sam a controlling stake.

No, the smart play, the only play for any businessman is to lay off your employees.  No telling how long this will go on, so why burden yourself with an insane relationship with the federal government?  Your employees will probably be better off drawing full unemployment and you’ll probably be able to pick them up at a considerable discount when and if the crisis starts to ease.

And the longer this goes on, the harder the recovery will be.  Inflation will be a major factor if money is continuously tossed out of the car.  States will have to raise the unemployment premiums on the few surviving businesses in order to cover their enormous outlays.  People will not want to, or be able to, go back to life as usual or spending as usual.  After all, what has happened once can happen again.  Better to hunker down, don’t buy that new car, don’t upgrade that house, don’t spend that $150 on a dinner out or a rock concert.  Become more like our depression-era grandparents.

The sad and scary part is that the safe political bet for Trump is to let the “experts” slam the car into the wall, destroy the country and the lives of millions, and rule as a new-era FDR, with the country in permanent depression, the capital hidden in walls, under rocks, or in treasury notes until better times.

The right thing to do, even if it costs him the presidency, is to kick the crazy “expert” driver out of the car and grab the wheel and steer for the off ramp.  It may already be too late.  But it’s the only chance to save the country.

And yes, those he kicks out of the car or subdues will all become his open enemies now with twice the power because of the trust he gave them in the first place, and because of the media’s readiness to embrace them as they trash the president daily on all the networks.

As I start Week 4 working from home, I’m more fortunate than some in my company.  My company is a manufacturing company complete with an engineering department.  Our plants are shut down, and the employees furloughed.  Slowly, the office staff is being furloughed as well as funding for continuing the projects that need to be built (but can’t) dry up.  The engineering department that I am a part of deals with the  designs of products to be built and sold to customers, but that will not last.  While I still have funding, it won’t be forever as that funding will go away within the next 2 to 3 weeks (my guess) because all businesses operate on cash flow.  If we’re not building, we’re not receiving compensation for our work.  No business has an endless supply of money – eventually, it will run out.

Other items that I’ve tried to keep track of is the myriad of executive orders from governors and other officials throughout the country.  One of the most insane are the orders of some governors to release prisoners from jail, their directions to law enforcement to ignore forms of some crime, close gun stores (but let’s keep the marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores open), and plead with the criminals not to commit crimes during this crisis.  I have no idea how that’s going to keep the law-abiding safe, but seems to increase the likelihood of more victims without a means to protect themselves.

But despite this, firearm sales were at an all time high in March, so perhaps some people are getting a clue that government will not keep you safe, but only you are responsible for your own safety.

Regardless, we will not go back to the way things were before.  Our new “normal” may not be to our liking.

Stay safe, my friends.

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As the World Churns

It seems as I have been watching the news daily now, we are being inundated with news of the Wuhan Virus. I know, I know, the only one calling it that is President Trump and some of his followers, so, OH MY GOD he is racist for doing that…..uh ……NO.

The wonder of all the hysteria going around is really evident here in New Mexico. They have now projected that over a million New Mexicans “could get the disease” in the next six months! OH MY GOSH! So much for it peaking huh? Uh…..again……NO.

The governor here has stated that we are to now stay home unless..*and there are three things here* medical reasons, getting food or essential things, or doctor visit. Medical and doctor visits to me are the same things but I digress. To me, staying cooped up in a house or apartment where the air is stale, is not as good for you as getting out…getting fresh air and walking around, as my wife and I do daily. Here is what I am seeing.

People, who are scared to death of something that has killed less than the regular flu kills each year. People who are so paranoid that they are making themself more suseptable to this virus. And Mark my words here folks, this is nothing more than a virus.

Virus’s run their course then go away.

The things our government is making us all do, is making this last much longer than it would if we all got out and in the process of taking care of ourselves, did the social distancing but instead of staying cooped up in a stale house, got out and got some excercize. If we were in a normal time folks, the place I live in has a swimming pool and an excercize room along with a lounge where you can play games like pool, or table tennis….but they are all closed. We can’t access them. The reason that my wife and I go out walking daily. You don’t keep getting excersise and get fresh air, you will get sick or stay sick longer. PERIOD!

Then we have Joe Biden…in the news on MSNBC asked what we should do, if he was president. From what he said, it is no wonder that this nation is ‘churing in a ball of confusion. He said this:

“My message is that the president has to move more rapidly, you know, we know from experience that speed matters. We know that you can’t go too fast. It’s about going too slow.”

All I can say to end this one is…..use common sense, keep social distancing, but for God’s sake…get out. Get some fresh air. Stop staying cooped up just because the government, that can’t do much right, tells you to stay in. All in all people….we have to realize…the lies we are being told on this daily….and have to know, that this is not anywhere near as bad as the government, local and federal is telling us it is.

We will ride this storm out and get over it…..just like our President has told us we will.

God Bless America
God Bless our Troops and medical Peopls
God Bless us with Common Sense


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